The Duggar family has been recently flamed for their conservative Christian lifestyle. The girls all wear long skirts or dresses, they are all homeschooled, and at one point participated in something called "home church." The boys and girls go through courtship with the opposite sex until they find that suitable mate. The Duggars don't watch television and their computer activity is closely monitored.
The main reason that the family has been critisized as of late is in correlation to the birth of Josie. Folks are asking, "how many is too many?" Many find it absolutely ridiculous that Michelle and Jim Bob leave family planning up to God. They let God decide how many children they raise. Even after Michelle's health scare, they've chosen to not rule out having more kiddos.
I pray that God kicks Michelle's body into menopause, though. Those kids need her. I'd personally hate to see something happen to her. Watching her makes me happy. She puts me in such a good mood. Michelle is so soft spoken that it actually reminds me that I don't need to raise my voice when i'm upset about something.
There's an article that I read that made some very good points about how the Duggars actually contribute to our economy. Maybe some families could take little tips from the Duggars in successful family life.
- The Duggars are debt-free, yet own a spectacular 7000 square foot home.
- They eschew the often toxic dating culture, yet the oldest son, Josh, managed to find himself a lovely wife, Anna Keller, via a virtuous-style courting relationship. (The couple now has a baby girl of their own.)
- They are entrepreneurial, not seeking government handouts. Both Michelle and Jim Bob, in fact, are licensed real estate agents, while Josh owns a car dealership. They have also saved the taxpayers of Arkansas hundreds of thousands of dollars (maybe more) by choosing to be homeschoolers.
- They are civic-minded. Besides Jim Bob serving a stint in the Arkansas legislature, they will also be headliners at The Baby Conference to be held this summer in San Antonio, and they have participated in short-term mission trips to El Salvador.
- They are stars, but celebrity has not turned them into Jon and Kate Gosselin. Their dress and manners remain modest and squarely grounded in middle America, not Hollywood. The Duggars make it clear they have one purpose and one purpose alone in this life: To glorify God. (My money is also on Michelle and Jim Bob to make good on the ‘till death do us part’ business.)
- They don’t mind being whimsical, given that all the childrens’ first names start with the letter “J.”